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This week in Mother Lode Works... - COVID-19 Relief Assistance through MLJT
- Small Business Assistance
- UI Claim Updates
Up to Date COVID-19 Information - covid19.ca.gov: The official website for California COVID-19 Response daily updates and resources. - edd.ca.gov: EDD provides a variety of support services to people who have lost their jobs or have had their hours reduced due to the impacts of COVID-19 in California.
COVID-19 Financial Relief Assistance Now Available through MLJT
If your work or employment was affected by the COVID-19 virus or shut down orders, then you could qualify for some much needed assistance with some of your qualifying expenses. What do you need to qualify?
Your date of birth and social security number (you may have to show proof of this).
The date you stopped work or that your work significantly slowed down.
The name of your business or employer and the reason why your work stopped or slowed.
The number of people in your family/household (only those living with you and related by blood, adoption or marriage).
The last 6 months of income for your family – income is wages from work, unemployment insurance, social security retirement benefits. Not county assistance, gifts, tax refunds or stimulus checks.
What your income is now, since your work stopped or was reduced – if you are now getting less than ½ of your normal income, you may qualify for up to $800 in assistance, or if you are still receiving at least half or more of your normal income via UI, or from your employer, you may qualify for up to $400. What can you get assistance with? Some examples:
Bills for utilities (phone, internet, electricity, propane, water, etc.)
Bills for rent or housing (with valid rental or mortgage agreement)
Internet service costs, telephone service costs
Equipment so you can work remotely
Dependent care costs
What do I need to provide to receive this assistance?
A copy of the bill due and documentation that you are responsible for that bill.
For reimbursement, we must have an original receipt showing that you paid it.
To see if you qualify, contact Mother Lode Job Training. To find your local job center, call (209) 588-1150 or visit www.mljt.org .
Small Business Assistance
While we don’t have data on how many of our region’s small businesses qualified for Paycheck Protection Program loans/grants, or SBA grants, we do know that nationally about 1.6 million small businesses were approved for loans. The second allocation that was just approved is close to the same amount as the first.
Each local county has a designated Small Business Development Center (SBDC) staffed with no-cost professional business advisors that will help you navigate through the resources and programs available to assist your business. These advisors can help you come up with a customized COVID-19 survival plan for the duration of the pandemic and work out a re-launch plan for when the pandemic has subsided.
For updates on the online application for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, visit the SBA webpage.
For more information on the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, visit EDD's PUA webpage .
Local businesses in Amador and Calaveras Counties should contact the San Joaquin Delta SBDC Mentor, Trudy Lackey, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call
(209) 954-5089 . Visit their website here.